Border crossings for migrants continue unabated in Texas as the new fiscal year begins

Eagle Pass, Texas – As the federal government entered a new fiscal year, border crossings and fears of migrants immediately began to mount. As Breitbart Texas watched, the border crossings in the country’s busiest sector continued unabated. Within hours of Saturday morning, nearly 300 migrants had been detained near Eagle Pass, Texas.

Shortly after midnight on Saturday, a single migrant group of nearly 200 migrants managed to safely ford the Rio Grande and surrender to authorities in Texas, according to a CBP source. The group of migrants, mostly Venezuelan, Nicaraguan and Cuban nationals, were among the first to enter the United States in the brand new fiscal year 23. The unabated crossings are a continuation of back-to-back record-breaking years for the arrests of migrants under the administration. from Biden.

A migrant family crosses the Rio Grande from Piedras Negras, Mexico, to Eagle Pass, Texas on the first day of fiscal year 21. (Randy Clark/Breitbart Texas)

A migrant family crosses the Rio Grande from Piedras Negras, Mexico, to Eagle Pass, Texas on the first day of fiscal year 21. (Randy Clark/Breitbart Texas)

While Breitbart Texas kept watch along the border Saturday morning, the crossings continued as smaller groups crossed the river to Eagle Pass in a steady stream. Those crossing near the center of town were mostly family groups expecting a speedy release in the United States. According to the CBP source, who is not authorized to speak to the media, most can expect just that, a chance to pursue their chance of asylum in the United States.

The source told Breitbart that the number of migrants in and around the town of Eagle Pass sometimes exceeds 1,500 per day alone. The increase in migrant traffic makes Eagle Pass the busiest area in the Del Rio sector of the border patrol. The source believes the crossings will continue unabated as migrants cross in large numbers and immediately surrender to authorities.

After safely crossing the Rio Grande near where dozens drowned in FY22, the migrant family is being held by Texas National Guards under Operation Lone Star.  (Randy Clark/Breitbart Texas)

After safely crossing the Rio Grande near where dozens drowned in FY22, the migrant family is being held by Texas National Guards under Operation Lone Star. (Randy Clark/Breitbart Texas)

In FY 2020, Border Patrol officers in the Del Rio sector detained just over 90,000 migrants throughout the year. That number shot up in FY21 to 260,000. At midnight on Friday night, Del Rio Sector agents detained more than 48,000 for fiscal year just ended 22.

According to the source, there is little chance that the situation along the border will change if there are no viable options for returning the migrants to their home countries.

Another group of migrants is patiently waiting for an available Border Patrol agent to transport them for processing and likely release in the US (Randy Clark/Breitbart Texas)

Another group of migrants is patiently waiting for an available Border Patrol agent to transport them for processing and likely release in the US (Randy Clark/Breitbart Texas)

“Our hands are tied, for most of those migrants from Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba we just can’t give them back,” the source said. “The word was circulated a long time ago that they will be released, and they are taking the opportunity while it lasts.”

While the source says many will not show up for their asylum hearings, those who choose to do so face a long wait for their day in court. There is currently a backlog of nearly two million immigration cases facing administrative judges at the end of the fiscal year. According to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), a research group at the University of Syracuse that tracks immigration court backlogs across the country, there are more than 370,000 pending immigration cases for Venezuelan, Cuban and Nicaraguan migrants at the end of the fiscal year. .

The existing immigration backlog means that migrants crossing over from these three countries today will not be dealt with in a judicial proceeding any time soon.

Randy Clark is a 32-year veteran of the United States Border Patrol. Before retiring, he served as Division Chief for Law Enforcement Operations and led operations for nine border patrol stations in the Del Rio, Texas sector. Follow him on Twitter @RandyClarkBBTX.

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